First month of novel; a look back
It is now just over one month since I began my latest attempt at writing a novel. Originally, I had hoped to average 1000 words a day; as things turned out, I’m currently just short of 850 a day, but I’m still very happy how things have gone so far. If things keep going like this, then I should still have most of my first draft (if not the whole thing) done before the end of the summer.
One issue I ran into early on was with conservation of detail. My first chapter spent ages introducing a character of limited importance, only to lurch into my intended “hook” scene a whole thousand words later than I wanted. At the same time, a couple of important characters and concepts didn’t come up until far too late. The problem here was that I hadn’t considered how long any givens scene would be, which made my outline look far more streamlined than it actually was. Needless to say, I’ll remember this for any of my future endeavors.
Another thing I’ve been considering lately is the issue of my novel’s inciting incident. Essentially, the inciting incident is the moment that spurns your protagonist into action; for more details, I’d suggest reading the links at the bottom of this post. Reading up on this has led me to conclude that I don’t really have a proper “incident” so much as I have a series of little things which, when combined, force the protagonist to realize that something is wrong . I do have a “hook” scene in my first chapter, but I’m not convinced that this will be enough on its own. I’ll have a good think on this before I make any firm decisions on changes, but I’m glad to have read about it.
It is clear that I still have much to learn about this novel-writing business between now and my first redraft. Personally, I reckon I’m more than up for the challenge. Here’s to a second month of work on the novel.
PS – A big congrats is in order to everyone who participated in Julnowrimo this year. I didn’t actually take part, personally, though I would have done had I found out about it a bit sooner. I hope everyone’s had as much fun on their WIPs as I’ve been doing lately.
Further Reading on inciting incidents